Research Fellow – Optimisation and Control of Smart Rainwater Grids

University of Melbourne
November 29, 2023
Offerd Salary:$80,258 – $108,906
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Research Fellow – Optimisation and Control of Smart Rainwater Grids

Job no: 0055798 Location: Burnley Campus Role type: Full-Time 1.0 FTE; Continuing (Research Contingent) Faculty: Faculty of Science Department/School: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences Salary: UOM Level A - $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. OR UOM Level B - $114,645 – $136,136 p.a. + 17% Superannuation (PhD entry level $101,460 p.a.)

  • Work on a revolutionary programme of research within the world-renowned Waterway Ecosystem Research Group, in partnership with Melbourne Water!
  • Showcase a passion you have for undertaking research that has real-world impact
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!
  • About the Role You will conduct, with support, guidance and mentoring, a program of internationally competitive research that contributes to the ARC Industry Laureate research led by Prof. Tim Fletcher, on the creation of smart rainwater grids to create alternative water supplies, reduce flood risk and protect urban waterways. The research, within the world-renowned Waterway Ecosystem Research Group, is being conducted in partnership with Melbourne Water. Inspired by the concept of solar panels and their feed-in-tariffs, the project will develop a real-time controlled smart grid, where owners of rainwater tanks receive income or financial compensation for their contributions to the flood-reduction and environmental-flow services provided by the grid

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to and publish research findings in international refereed journals and present results at seminars, conferences, and meetings. The term publish should be interpreted broadly and may include the submission of government policies, industry recommendations, or other outputs recognised by the discipline.
  • Conduct and contribute to research that contributes to the School's strategic research priorities, with a focus on urban water sustainability.
  • Under the guidance of senior academic staff initially, supervise research students (undergraduate, graduate coursework, Masters and PhD students)
  • Prepare research proposals (with support from senior mentors) for submission to external funding bodies to successfully obtain external funding for research projects.
  • Who We Are Looking For You will have an emerging track record of publications on one or more aspects of water engineering or management, preferably in areas involving real-time control or optimisation, showing the ability to publish in leading international journals or other high-quality publications, relative to career opportunity as well as an emerging capacity to establish collaborations and engage with a broad range of researchers nationally and internationally.

    You will also have:

  • A PhD in engineering or a related discipline such as environmental science or computer science.

  • Demonstrated potential to participate in applications for external research funding from national competitive research bodies or other sources, which may include industry, government, community groups, etc.

  • A demonstrated ability in interpersonal and organisational skills including the ability to project manage, meet deadlines, and interact with colleagues from a broad range of disciplines in a collegial, respectful and effective manner.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    Work Rights Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position

    Your New Team – The Waterway Ecosystem Research Group You'll be based in a large, high-performing School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences. Specifically, you'll work in the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group. We pride ourselves on being collaborative, collegiate and caring about the wellbeing of everyone in the group. The Group has a history of competitive and industry funding, and is a great place to build your career and build your international reputation. You'll have lots of opportunities to collaborate internationally, as we are connected to other leading groups worldwide.

    What We Offer You! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

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    We encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected].

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We recognise that reconciliation is central to our purpose. For more information, please visit our Reconciliation page.

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)
  • ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana Gencic via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    Applications close: 29 NOVEMBER 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

    Position Description:0055798Research Fellow - Optimisation and Control of Smart Rainwater GridsPD.pdf

    Further Opportunities! This opportunity is one of three exciting roles currently available within the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group at the University of Melbourne.

    Applicants are highly encouraged to explore all three positions, and apply to all deemed suitable – follow the links to discover more!

    Research Fellow – Economic Instruments for Market-Driven Smart Rainwater Grids Research Fellow – Optimisation and Control of Smart Rainwater Grids Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Water Management

    Advertised: 30 Oct 2023 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 29 Nov 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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